Bishop McNamara High School Mustang Messenger Vol 28 No 2

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The Bishop McNamara and La Reine High School Community Magazine

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The Mustang Messenger is published two times a year by Bishop McNamara High School’s Advancement Office.We sincerely apologize in advance for any errors or omissions contained herein. Notices of misinformation or error may be sent to the Advancement Office at Unless otherwise noted, photos are either taken by students, families, staff, or courtesy of LifeTouch, Inc. Available CONTACT US! Bishop McNamara High School 6800 Marlboro Pike | Forestville, MD PH:20747-3270301-735-8401 © BMHS All Rights Reserved. PRESIDENT/CEO Dr. John Barnhardt PRINCIPAL Dian Carter ADVANCEMENT OFFICE Heather Nadolny Director of Development and Communications Kia Chatmon Grant Writer Jade Childs Communications Associate Geneen Delarosa Director of Advancement Services Darrell Holloman II Annual Fund and Online Giving Manager Sandy Mammano Director of Donor Relations 4 President’s Pen 5 Board Chairman’s Letter 6-7 Class Of 2022! 8-9 Mustang Moments 10 Construction Update: The La Reine Science & Innovation Center 11 Join the BMHS Class of 2027! 12-13 Introducing Our NASA Connectors Program 14 Ways to Support Bishop McNamara 15 Buy a Paver, Leave a Legacy! 16-17 Coaches’ Corner (Winter) 18 Coaches’ Corner (Spring) 19 Hello from the Bishop McNamara Counseling Team 20-21 Celebrating Our Incredible Fine Arts Season 22-23 Alumni News 24-25 Caritas 2022 26-27 In Loving Memory THE MUSTANG MESSENGER2

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To our newest members of the BMHS family, the Class of 2026, welcome to our community! We’re thrilled to have you, and I look forward to seeing everyone this fall. Thank you for being Bishop McNamara.

Dear McNamara Team & Family, What a year we had at Bishop McNamara! On Friday, May 27th we returned as a family to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to graduate the Class of 2022. It was a whirlwind of activity during those final weeks, and on graduation day, but there was also an immense amount to celebrate, some of which you will see in the pages of this Messenger. Successes from our Class of 2022 included over $22 million in merit-based scholarships and financial aid. Our newest alumni will be going to Harvard University, Brown University, Morehouse College, Berklee College of Music, MIT, the University of Maryland, and so many more. This class also completed over 18,000 hours of Christian service, and we are immensely proud. The success of this year is a direct testament to the strength, dedication, and love of our faculty and staff, for whom I remain grateful. Our school is strong, and moving forward with our world-class learning experience rooted in our Holy Cross tradition. I am confident that each and every student who comes through our doors will leave as an empowered leader, ready to change the world. Tremendous progress has been made on our new La Reine Science & Innovation Center, and we are very close to finalizing construction! Each time I go in, I see new facets coming together, from window and floor installations, to seeing the framework of how each room will teach, innovate, and transform the student experience, as well as serve Prince George’s County. Additionally, it gives us further opportunity to honor La Reine High School, and all of the incredible women who have graduated and benefited from that experience. As we continue ahead, I ask for your support as a champion of McNamara, whether that is attending the Grand Opening later this school year, donating to our Annual Fund, or whatever means the most to you within the McNamara experience.

Each and every one of you can be a supporter and storyteller for McNamara, and we need your commitment and help now more than ever.

PRESIDENT’S PEN Dr. John President/CEOBarnhardt


Robert N. Summers ’86 Chair, BMHS Board of Directors

In a blink, we as a community and family reached the end of the 2021-2022 school year. The year had its ups and downs as we continued to work through the COVID-19 pandemic, but our school and its students, families, faculty, and staff persevered and showed the determination and hope that are always at the heart of the Bishop McNamara experience. I want to personally commend and thank our faculty and staff for all of their work during this past school year, and as we prepare for 2022-2023. Each time I visit campus, I see the ongoing progress of our new La Reine Science & Innovation Center. What started as a blank slate is now a beautiful, near-finished building, ready to welcome new opportunities. This 20,000 square foot space will serve countless Mustangs and members of the Prince George’s County community with cutting-edge technology and high-quality curriculum, and it has been a long time in the making. Soon enough, it will be time to open the doors and celebrate. I am calling on all members of the La Reine High School and Bishop McNamara alumni community to come back and visit. We will be holding our Grand Opening Celebration in the coming months, and our hope and goal is to connect with you. Please consider coming to see our newest addition, and the future of Bishop McNamara, and encourage your classmates, family, and friends to join. We want to see you and hear your updates, your successes, and your hopes for the school that we all treasure. Whether it’s the Grand Opening, a Fine Arts production, or simply connecting with the BMHS team, please consider supporting Bishop McNamara with your time, your stories, and by making a gift to the school to support our continued programming. No gift is too small, especially as we move forward and prepare to open our newest building.

I wish everyone a safe and wonderful summer and start to the school year, and look forward to seeing you in person. Thank you in advance for your continued connection to and support of the BMHS family.


Greetings to All Members of the Bishop McNamara Family,




On January 20th, we had the honor of inducting 52 outstanding students into the National Honor Society. The National Honor Society is a nationwide organization for high school students in the United States. Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. This year we inducted 49 members from the class of 2023 and 19 new members from the class of 2022 to add to the 58 members from the class of 2022 who were inducted last school year. n




The Bishop McNamara Fine Arts Program was thrilled to welcome the following artists as part of our FADE Colloqium series: In January, FADE Colloquium invited guest speaker, Jaylyn Faith Malonte Neal ‘11. Jaylyn is an actor, dancer, and influencer, and has several acting credits including Los Angeles Kidnapping (2017), Double Cross (2020), A Rich Christmas (2021) and TMI Hollywood (2012). In March, FADE Colloquium featured Disney dancer JaLeesa Short. JaLeesa most recently became a Guest Experience Manager at Hollywood Studios where she manages performers from the Entertainment Base. JaLeesa is honored to represent the cast members of the Walt Disney World Resort during “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” and carry on the legacy and heritage of the Walt Disney Company. Also in March, FADE Colloquium featured Cheryl Foster. She is a multimedia, visual artist whose large-scale public art can be seen in exterior and interior environments across the country. Her materials range from sparkling, stained glass to soft oil paintings and the subject matter always involves everyday people doing everyday things.


Thank you to all of our guest artists! n

National Honors Society Induction

Catholic Schools Week. Bishop McNamara celebrated Catholic Schools Week from January 30, 2022 - February 5, 2022. This year we celebrated our community's faith, excellence, and service with a series of events honoring our students, parents, staff, President, and our Board of Directors. Without our amazing community, we wouldn’t be McNamara! n


On Thursday, February 24th we celebrated Black History Month by livestreaming our annual assembly. This year’s showcase featured dance, African drums, spoken word, short acts, and powerful history lessons. We were thrilled to learn that other schools in the area tuned in to watch the assembly and celebrate with us!

Accepted Students Day. On February 26th, we welcomed and celebrated our Class of 2026 Mustangs during our Accepted Students Day. Future Mustangs and their families enjoyed a program with welcome remarks from Mrs. Carter and Dr. Barnhardt, student speakers, musical and dance performances, as well as group tours around campus. n

Liturgical Celebrations. Throughout the year, we continued to come together as a community for Mass, honoring important milestones on both the liturgical and school calendars.

Honors Awards Ceremonies. In May, we held Honors Awards Ceremonies for the classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025. Each ceremony featured Dean’s List, Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude presentations, as well as outstanding achievement awards and St. Andre Awards for each class. During the Honors Awards Ceremonies, 18 students received merit-based scholarships generously made possible by members of the Bishop McNamara community. n

Our Mass celebrations Februaryincluded: 4th, 2022 Catholic Schools Week Mass March 2nd, 2022 Ash PrayerWednesdayService April 7th, 2022 End of Our Lenten Journey Mass May 25th, 2022 Senior Farewell Prayer Service May 26th, 2022 Baccalaureate Mass THE MUSTANG MESSENGER 9

BMHS 2022 Washington Archdiocesan Music Teachers Council High School Honor Band & Orchestra. 26 of our phenomenal musicians were selected for the 2022 Washington Archdiocesan Music Teachers Council High School Honor Band & Orchestra. This year they had the honor of performing at Elizabeth Seton High School in April. n

Black History Month Assembly

Construction Update: The La Reine Science & Innovation Center We can’t wait to welcome everyone to our newest space! Stay tuned to our website and social media for more details on our upcoming Grand Opening celebration! ACAROUNDCAMPUS We’re so excited for all of the progress that has been made on our new La Reine Science & Innovation Center! Brick by brick, we continue to build new opportunities for our Mustangs and Prince George’s County. THE MUSTANG MESSENGER10

2022 BMHS Open House

Thursday, 12/1 - Admissions Info Night #4 - 6:30pm

Thursday, 10/20 - Admissions Info Night #2 - 6:30pm Wednesday, 11/16 - Admissions Info Night #3 - 6:30pm

Financial Aid Application Deadline December 2, 2022 Admissions Application Deadline December 9, 2022 Class of 2027 Acceptance Notification February 16-17, 2023 Accepted Students Day February 25, 2023 Enrollment/Re-Enrollment Contracts and Enrollment/Re-Enrollment Fees Due March 17, 2023 The Admissions Team is so excited to welcome our prospective students and families to campus this fall. This past school year, McNamara received over 600 applications and nearly 1,000 inquiries, which made for a competitive admissions season! Whether you’re just now learning about our school or you’ve been hearing about the “magic of McNamara” for years, we are looking forward to helping you discover all that our Mustang family has to offer, while assisting you in selecting the best high school for your student. Join the BMHS Class of 2027! Go to (mid-August) to learn more and register for our upcoming events! LANGUAGESCLASSICALMODERN5& INCLUDING &AMERICANSIGNLANGUAGEARABIC 60 UNIQUE CLUBS & EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES,INCLUDING: ACE MENTORING CLUB MOCK TRIAL SCIENCE & FINEEXPLORERSECOLOGYARTS• 8 Bands and Ensembles + String Orchestra • 5 Vocal Performance Ensembles • Professional Dance Studio • State-of-the-Art Theatre • Expanding Visual and Digital Arts • Traditional African Dance & Music • F.A.D.E. – Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement Program OFFERED190+COURSES 22 SPORTS IN THE COMPETITIVE WASHINGTON CATHOLIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE AND OTHER CONFERENCES MORETHAN DAILY MASS PEER MINISTRY JUNIOR KAIROS RETREAT LEADERSHIP TRAINING and RETREATS HOLY CROSS STUDENT SERVICE PROGRAM CAMPUS MINISTRY Project:AnchorThe FreshmanProgramAdvisoryrootedinPositivePsychology THE MUSTANG MESSENGER 11

Workshop #1 - 6:30pm (in person)

Wednesday, 10/12 - Financial Aid and Scholarships

Wednesday, 11/9 - Financial Aid and Scholarships

Mustang For A Day (Shadowing Program)

High School Placement Test (Bishop McNamara High School, host site)

Thursday, 10/6 - Admissions Info Night #1 - 6:30pm

September 27th - December 8th

December 10,

St. Joseph Program - Information Nights (All Virtual)

Sunday, October 30th - 11:00am - 2:00pm

Workshop #2 - 6:30pm (virtual)

Wednesday, 10/19 - St. Joseph Info Night #1- 6:30pm Wednesday, 11/2 - St. Joseph Info Night #2 - 6:30pm

Financial Aid And Scholarships Workshops (1 In-Person, 1 Virtual)

Admissions Information Nights (In-Person)

In the fall of 2021, Bishop McNamara launched our new NASA Connectors program to connect our BMHS students with NASA researchers. A diverse group of students expressed interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects: Caitlyn Barber '23, Andre Watson '22, Justin Malloy '22, Andy Mina '22, Camryn Bennett '22, Amora Altmon '23, and Bianca Francia '23 Each student was selected to participate in our shadowing mentorship program, which focuses on establishing a professional connection between the underrepresented high school student and the NASA researcher. Dr. Danna Qasim, a postdoctoral researcher in the Astrochemistry Laboratory at NASA GSFC, and her former mentor Dr. Stefanie Milam, Research Ast, Solar Systems Analysis, co-founded this program, which was modeled after Dr. Milam and Dr. Qasim's unique story. The two were paired in a mentorship program when Dr. Qasim was a high school student, and Dr. Milam was a graduate student scientific researcher. After establishing a professional connection in the program, both scientists remained in contact for over a decade, with Dr. Milam acting as a resource for Dr. Qasim's career endeavors. Today, Dr. Qasim is a postdoctoral researcher in the Astrochemistry Laboratory at NASA GSFC and attributes her dream career path due to her continued contact with Dr. Milam.

“I'm so passionate about this program because, during my journey, I felt alone as there weren't other people of color. I wanted to help fix that for future generations. I realized that there are always obstacles so there has to be someone from the group ahead willing to reach back and pull them forward.”

Dr. Danna Qasim

Bishop McNamara hopes to assist this gap by creating a bridge between our Mustangs and the STEM career fields through this NASA Mentorship program. And this year, our Mustangs greatly enjoyed the opportunities through NASA Connectors.

Introducing Our NASA ConnectorsProgram


“I'm the daughter of two immigrants - my mom is from Korea, and my father is from Palestine,“ Dr. Qasim explained. “I had never had that uplifting teacher story. I had a language-related learning disorder, and was different from my peers. My school was predominantly white, and my parents were immigrants, so things were really hard for me. When I met Stephanie in high school, things began to change for me. Her mentorship helped me achieve my goals.”

Amora Altmon ’23 aspires to be a doctor and joined the mentorship program for guidance on achieving her career goal. Amora shares: “I signed up for the NASA program to gain new insight into different STEM professions. I have also gained support, advice, and help from my mentor. I have now applied for NASA internships, and will take up a research project during the summer. I had the opportunity to visit my mentor, Dr. Melissa Trainer, Deputy Principal Investigator at NASA. While there, I was introduced to a model of a mass spectrometer, which measures molecules according to mass, that was going through testing. I also shadowed Dr. Danna Qasim who is a postdoctoral researcher in the Cosmic Ice Laboratory and Dr. Kendra Farnsworth who was conducting research on the prebiotic chemistry in Titan's impact craters.”

I'M GRATEFUL FOR MY MENTOR, DR. CHOU! Caitlyn Barber ‘23 “ “ Dr. Louth Chou, Caitlyn Barber ‘23, and Dr. Danna Qasim

Caitlyn’s mother, Mrs. Leslie DeFour-Barber, added, “This program has given my daughter a greater vision of what she can do with her STEM career. She loves building robots, and has competed in the Metro Warriors STEM Organization in the past. Thanks to Dr. Chou and the BMHS NASA Mentorship Program, I'm grateful that BMHS showed my daughter that she, too, can get paid for doing what she loves one day.”

“I saw different machines that break down meteors, Martian rocks, and minerals in ice from space. There was a chamber that mimics the atmosphere of Mars, and another chamber that was full of radiation and working equipment from the 1970’s. It was exciting to know that I could one day have a career where I get to explore and experiment all day.”

Caitlyn Barber ‘23 had the honor of spending the day at NASA with her mentor, Dr. Louth Chou, Astrobiologist and Organic Geochemist, NPP. Caitlyn shared, “My goal is to study Mechanical Engineering or Architecture in college. I applied for the mentorship program to build a relationship with someone who has the same mindset as me. I know I enjoy learning about science, doing experiments, and being a hands-on learner, but I wasn't sure how that translates into a career path I'll want. I'm grateful for my mentor, Dr. Chou! I talk to her often, sharing so many common interests. She's shown me that I have many STEM-related career options no matter what area of STEM I decide to study in college.”

We are thrilled that the student feedback has been so positive, and we are excited about expanding the program during the 2022-2023 school year to provide more opportunities. Because the shadowing experience is such an impactful part of the experience, we expect to have more mentors next year, so that more students can visit the campus of NASA Goddard and other local planetary science laboratories.

“I’m grateful for all the knowledge Dr. Trainer has given me. I’ve learned more about myself and what I am interested in pursuing in the future.”


Thank You! We are one #bmhsfamily and we appreciate your support. Scan the QR code to donate to BMHS! B I S HOPMCNAMARAFU N D TOTHINK WITH CHRIST Ways to Support Bishop McNamara Support the Bishop McNamara Fund Gifts to the Bishop McNamara Fund will go towards our tuition assistance initiatives, family support, expanding our programs, and ensuring our Mustangs continue to have meaningful experiences throughout the school year. Open doors at the new La Reine Science & Innovation Center


Our newest building is opening soon! We’re excited to provide cutting edge technology and high-quality curriculum to our students in this space, and we need your help to do it! Ways to support include naming opportunities, purchasing a paver (next page!), or by donating and choosing “La Reine Science & Innovation Center” on our giving form or the enclosed envelope. Grow ScholarshipsOur Program

Our scholarships program helps to provide opportunities for our Mustangs. Scholarships have previously been established in honor of or in memory of a beloved family member, friend or teacher, or simply to celebrate their time at Bishop McNamara or La Reine. If you are interested in sponsoring a new scholarship, please email Ms. Heather Nadolny, Director of Development and Communications, at

BUY A PAVER, LEAVE A LEGACY Legacy CourtyardTHE at the La Reine Science & Innovation Center commemorativeYourmessagehere. LEGACY PAVER Order a Legacy Paver by completing the donation and customized message forms below. The commemorative pavers will be installed in the Legacy Courtyard next to the La Reine Science & Innovation Center. Payments can be made in monthly installments, or a one-time payment of $500. Commemorate your McNamara memories with a gift that lasts a lifetime! Legacy Paver - $500 (5 lines with 15 spaces per line) Scan here to purchase! Scan here to submit your customized message. Please email with any questions! Thank you for your support! THE MUSTANG MESSENGER 15

CHEERLEADING - Coach Lauren Jackson ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------JVwon1stplaceintheMid-AtlanticOpeninRichmond,VA,and1stplaceintheMDMadnessTournamentattheShowplaceArena. Coaches’ Corner BOYS BASKETBALL - Coach Martin Keithline Aire60thCo-Champions,countryOur--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------boysbasketballteamrankedinthetop30intheaccordingtoMaxPreps!WewereRegularSeasonandoneof6teamsintheareainvitedtotheAlhambraCatholicInvitationalTournament.Favour‘22wasalsoaMcDonald’sAll-AmericanNominee. SWIMMING & DIVING - Coach Abigail Greer --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This season nine of our swimmers qualified for The NationalCatholic Swimming & Diving Championships, four relaysqualified for Metro Championships, and set the NEW Girls 200free school record (Jada Allbritton '25, Jordyne Boykins '22,Kyla Amelechkin '23, Kennedi Johnson '22). ARCHERY - Coach Brenda Stephens ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Thearcheryteamsuccessfullycompetedin the first in-person State Tournament since the pandemic began. Go Mustangs! At this event, Ainsley Spain '22 qualified to represent Bishop McNamara High School in the National Bullseye and 3D Championship. She placed in the top 8% of overall girls in both Bullseye and 3D events this past April at the National Tournament in Kentucky. (Winter) THE MUSTANG MESSENGER16 ATHLETICAPPRIDE

Easter/ Spring break. 14 soccer players and 16 adults including their coach, Dave Mongey, and several BMHS soccer parents flew to Italy over Easter Break to visit the sites, play soccer with some of the local girls’ teams, and enjoy all that Italy has to offer. The nine-day trip was organized by a youth travel company with stops in Milan, Florence, and Rome, including a visit to the Vatican where they received a Papal Blessing.Duringthe trip, the Lady Mustangs played a game against a local girls soccer team in each of the three cities they visited. The girls came away with two wins and one loss, and a great experience all around! TO



- Coach Adam Forschner B State Championship! Five individuals qualified for National Preps, the most in school history. The qualifying students were Sirr Bannister '22, Ethan Vaughn '22, Zachary Betts '24, Rhonin Swenson '25, and Christopher Forbes '23.

according to MaxPreps! We finished undefeated in the WCAC, going into the Playoff Tournament as the #1 Seed & Regular Season Champions. SOCCER- Coach Dave Mongey


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INDOOR TRACK & FIELD - Coach Malcolm Drewery '22,Our-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------boys4x400relayteam(SeanSmith'22,Javar"Malik"RobertsNickolasButler-Simpson'22,NicholasSteed'24)placed2ndatthe 114th Millrose Games. Nickolas Butler-Simpson '22 won the boys 300mand set a new school record. The boys 4x400 relay team ranked #1 inthe State and #4 in the Country. Nick Butler Simpson '22 now holds 5NEW indoor school records (200m, 300m, 400m, 500m, 4x4). GIRLS BASKETBALL - Coach Frank Oliver --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ourgirlsbasketballteamrankedinthetop25inthecountry



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BASEBALL - Coach Raphael Lockett (First year head -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------coach)-------------The Varsity Baseball team finished the season with 11 wins, including throwing a no-hitter against eventual WCAC champion Gonzaga. The team was led by three First Team All WCAC selections Bryce Thompson '22, Cameron Johnson '23, and Luther "Lee" Ellis '23. OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELDCoach Malcolm Drewery ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Thisoutdoorseason,theteamasawholehasbrokenfourschoolrecords!Thisincludestheboys4x100,4x200,4x800,and800m. The Mustangs also had multiple top 3 finishers at the WCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on both the girls and boys sides. Nickolas

'22 was a Pigskin Club Award Recipient at this year’s Pigskin Club of Washington, Inc. All Sports Awards Ceremony. The Mustangs will compete at the Adidas Outdoor Track and Field Nationals 2022, where the Mustangs have qualified 15 athletes, including five relays. BOYS LACROSSE - Coach Jordan Washington ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Theboysteamhadanoverallsuccessfulseason!Weimprovedourwintotalthisseasonandcompetedwellagainstevencompetition.Westillhavealongwaytogoasaprogram.Wearefocusedonourgoalofbecominganelitehighschoollacrosseprogramandcompetingforaconferencechampionshiponeday! We had our first WCAC 3rd team recognition, with Richard Johnson '23 receiving the award as our faceoff guy. Corey Smith '23, Montay Bowens '24, and Gavin Francia '22 also received Conference Honorable Mention awards.Asaprogram, we are looking to the future and continuing to build on the foundation we laid this season. BOYS TENNIS - Coach Judith Nelson LR ‘88 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------While our season finish didn't show this, the camaraderie and brotherhood shown on this relatively novice team must not go unnoticed. These newbies to tennis showed remarkable growth and maturity, considering some had only begun playing this tennis season (2022). Our shining stars proved to be athletic and tenacious Brandon Craddock' 25 and quick and agile Maurice Hall' 22. If the remaining underclassmen continue on this team next season, the ball will definitely be in their court! SOFTBALL - Coach Tonja Braxton makehosttwo1stthroughoutOur-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------girlsVarsitySoftballteamshowedawarriorspirittheseason!MaKaylaMarbury'22madeteamWCAC.TheteamislookingforwardtothecampswearehostingduringthesummerandaofrecruitscominginthedoorinAugustthatwillusstronger. GIRLS LACROSSECoach Adam Greer ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The girls lacrosse team finished the season with sixwins, including the program's first victory over St.Vincent Pallotti High School in convincing fashion, 24-12. The team was led by All WCAC Honorable MentionsTarae Vines '22, Kynnedy Wallace '24, and BaileyFreeman '24, as well as four-year varsity starterAinsley Spain '22 and Shorter University commitFrancesca Smith '22. The team showed tremendousgrowth throughout the season and is poised to take abig step forward in 2023, returning nine starters anda deep bench. THE MUSTANG MESSENGER18 ATHLETICAPPRIDE

May was Mental Health Awareness Month!


Our team was elated to kick off the month by sharing Mental Health Moments during the morning announcements. We strive to continue to improve the mental health of the McNamara school community. As an extension of our office, Mrs. Cherese Carter, 9th Grade Counselor, led a weekly stress management group and Mrs. Shamelle Yemofio, Director of Counseling, led a grief counseling group.The counseling team also coordinated with 11th grade student and 2022-2023 Executive President Nyla Davis ‘23 to provide mental health awareness swag to students who completed a wellness survey.

Hello from the Bishop CounselingMcNamaraTeam

On May 10, 2022, we hosted our annual College Signing Day event to highlight the achievements of our senior class. This was the first year since 2019 where we were able to meet in the main gym to celebrate our seniors. The senior class did a tremendous job through the college application process. We are ecstatic to share that they completed over 1,500 applications to more than 330 colleges across 44 states and two countries. In addition, they have earned over $22 million dollars in scholarships and grants. We are looking forward to the class of 2023 meeting and exceeding those statistics!


By Mr. Terry Burroughs, Assistant Director of Counseling DURING THE START OF THE SPRING SEMESTER, the counseling department was busy with finalizing college applications, facilitating Pets On Wheels for stress relief, coordinating five cohorts of SAT Prep sessions for the junior class, and hosting opportunities for our juniors to meet college representatives. Over ten schools visited the counseling department in the spring, including WinstonSalem State University, Fayetteville State University, Virginia State University, Rutgers University, United States Naval Academy, and InStevenson.March, the counseling team met with all 9th - 11thgrade classes to explain the course registration process for the upcoming school year. As an extension of the counseling center, the team met with each student individually to ensure they met graduation requirements. This also served as an opportunity to talk to the students about their future plans and interests. On April 26, 2022, the counseling department continued to help students develop the next step in the college attainment journey by hosting the annual Jesuit Excellence College Fair in the Fine Arts Gym. This enriching event was open to our sophomore and junior classes, and offered them the opportunity to learn about and interact with over 20 colleges and universities.

This summer Shamelle Yemofio, Director of Counseling, and I will host our annual multi-cohort college application workshop series. We will be holding three-day workshops to prepare the juniors for the college application process. Follow us on Twitter @BMHS_to_College to find out more about what’s happening in the Counseling Office. Thank you for catching up with us! n AWARENESS

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During the 2021-2022 school year, BMHS audiences had the opportunity to experience a wonderful collection of live performances and exhibitions from our exceptionally gifted students across a variety of Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. This year was an inspiring presentation of the talents and passion of our students as they endeavored to express their love of the arts. This was also the first full year back creating and performing together after a long period of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

some snapshots from performances held

Under the masterful guidance and instruction of our dedicated Fine Arts faculty and staff, performers were pushed to discover their greatest potential and visual artists were encouraged to bring their thoughts and imaginations to Herelife.are since Mustang Messenger.

We hope to see you at a performance next year! n Celebrating Our Incredible Fine Arts Season Fine Arts Christmas Festival December 2021 Senior FADE Showcase February 2022 Spring Play: “Seven Keys to Baldpate Inn” March 2022 TALENTTAINTHEARTS THE MUSTANG MESSENGER20

Classical Dance Production, “Dance ALL About It” April 2022 Traditional African Music & Dance Sankofa Production: “Voices in Exile: Makeba & Simone” April - May 2022 Classical Dance Honors Induction Ceremony April 2022 St. Genesius Theater Awards May 2022 Jazz Concert featuring Jazz Ensemble April 2022 Band Concert featuring Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Percussion Ensemble May 2022 Spring Choir Concert featuring Chamber Choir, Chorale, Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz Choir, and MG Magic Show Choir May 2022 Spring Band & Orchestra Concert featuring String Orchestra and Wind Ensemble May 2022 HIGH SCHOOL BISHOP MCNAMARA HIGH SCHOOL THE MUSTANG MESSENGER 21

G. Scott Drew, DO ‘79 was recently named as one of America’s best medical dermatologists by Newsweek. He was one of only 10 Ohio dermatologists on the list. Scott and a team of volunteers traveled to Freetown, Sierra Leone in May through a partnership with the national Ministry of Health and National Health Corps. Scott served on the dermatology team tending to adults and kids with dermatologic diseases, infections, and malignancies. The goal is to open a permanent dermatology service with in-country staff and an ongoing international partnership, to allow continuity of care for patients and a bilateral opportunity for teaching and learning. nJay Haigler ‘78 was featured in the March edition of National Geographic Magazine, titled “Into the Depths”. The issue featured Jay and his organization Diving With a Purpose. Diving with a Purpose (DWP) is a 501c3 organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of submerged heritage resources by providing education, training, certification and field experience to adults and youth in the fields of maritime archaeology and ocean conservation. Their special focus is the protection, documentation and interpretation of African slave trade shipwrecks and the maritime history and culture of African-Americans who formed a core of labor and expertise for America’s maritime enterprises. n

Geoffrey Mount Varner, MD ‘85 was recently featured on the 2022 TedXRushU speaker panel.


These pages represent alumni news shared with the Advancement Office from January 1, 2022 - May 31st, 2022.

TEDxRushU provides a platform for the brightest minds to converge and inspire, and is committed to creating an event where participants are challenged to communicate their passions in an exciting and engaging dialogue. This year’s TEDxRushU theme was: “Minor Setback, Major Comeback”. Speakers taught guests about “how our obstacles inspire resilience to build a better tomorrow”. n Tiffany Norwood LR ‘85 was named Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year 2022! The Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year award is given annually by Entrepreneurship at Cornell to a Cornellian who exemplifies entrepreneurial achievement, impact on humanity, community inspiration and high ethical standards. Tiffany is the first African American woman to win this award. She was honored on Cornell University’s campus in April at the Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration event. Tiffany’s company, Tribetan, uses technology, music, video, and animations to teach entrepreneurship, innovation and practical creativity. She is also co-founder of SimWin Sports, the first-ever digital sports league platform, with tokens, online betting, and e-sports fantasy tournaments. SimWin launched at the 2022 Super Bowl. n

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Members of the Class of 1974 came together to celebrate and honor Terry O’Connor ‘74, and fundraise for the new scholarship established at Bishop McNamara in his memory. Carl Desmarais ‘74 and Andrew Turner ‘74 had a wonderful time with their families. To date, the Terry O’Connor Memorial Endowed Scholarship has raised over $50,000. We continue to collect donations for this scholarship through the BMHS website. n

Jasmin Grimes ‘13, Assistant Athletic Trainer at Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium, was recently featured by the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), speaking about an important moment in black history for her as part of the PFATS Black History Month celebration. n Shelby Lee ‘17 was recently published in the Howard University Undergraduate Research Journal, “Ukweli”. Her article, “Genetic Diversity in the Mottled Sculpin, Cottus Bairdii, A North American Freshwater Fish”, co-authored with her professor Stacy Farina, was included in the Fall/Winter 2021-2022 issue. n



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Cydney Hurston Dupree ‘07, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale University School of Management, was awarded the American Psychological Society’s Rising Star Award and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s SAGE Early Career Trajectory Award. n After 400 entries and 55,000 votes, Matt Nunez ‘12 was chosen as the winning design for the front of the Colorado drivers license. Matt’s photo is now featured on the front of the license. His winning photo features Mount Sneffels, located west of Ouray and north of Telluride, Colorado. The contest saw a total of 280 front-side submissions and 127 back-side designs from 119 artists. n Darrell Holloman II ‘00 recently joined the Bishop McNamara Advancement Team as our new Annual Fund and Online Giving Manager! Prior to this new role, Darrell served as a Social Studies teacher at McNamara for ten out of his 16 years of teaching. He is also Founder and CEO of The We Are All Educators Organization (The WAAE, Org), his own professional development and career mentorship nonprofit organization. n

Brenda Jones Harden LR '75 Distinguished Alumni Award Mr. Jared Wilson '07 Presidential Award Ms. Tracy Fennell THE MUSTANG MESSENGER24

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The following members of the BMHS community were honored as part of the 2022 Caritas Celebration:

Parents' Club Volunteer


Caritas is a Latin term meaning "loving kindness towards others". It is linked to the generosity and helpfulness one extends to another, the act of self-sacrifice for the good of others, and genuine charity motivated by love.



The Andy Mona ‘82 Student Center was transformed into an elegant banquet hall for the highenergy celebration. The evening featured musical performances, award presentations, and an inspiring keynote speech from Presidential Award recipient Senator Melony Griffith.


Jiggetts '15 Distinguished Alumni Award


Evie Adams Simmons Business Partner of the Year LabtechMD Distinguished Young Alumni Award

The BMHS community gathered to celebrate both the accomplishments of the 2021-2022 school year, and this year’s honorees at the Caritas 2022 Celebration on Friday, June 3rd, 2022.

Presidential Award Senator Melony Griffith and the District 25 Team Holy Cross Award Dr. Triesta Fowler-Lee LR '91 Holy Cross Award Dr. Geoffrey Mount Varner '85 St. Andre Award Mr. Garry Perkins '75 Splash Award Ms. Dana Shieh Toni Millner "Unsung Hero" Award Ms. Celena Wienand '10 Golden Mile Award Mr. Armani Mason-Callaway '09 Golden Mile Award Mr. Dominic Traino Goyette Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence Ms. Jan Steeger Distinguished Staff Member of the Year Dr. Jessica Nash Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year Mr. Adam Greer Thank you to all of our awardees for their service and stewardship, and for being a part of the BMHS family! THE MUSTANG MESSENGER 25

Donna Rollman Conlon, sister-in-law of Janice Conlon LR ‘69, Director of Web Services, Joyce Riggs LR ‘80, aunt of Nicholas J. Ferrante ‘84, Jean Ferrante Burke ‘85, Katherine Cuellar Miller ‘05, and Sarah Cuellar ‘09 passed away on December 23, 2021.

Marianne Wilburn LR '66 passed away on November 27, 2021.

Coach Charles Rohan passed away on February 7, 2022. Father of Robert ‘83, Shelley Pickering LR ‘84, Collette Heiston LR ‘86, and Dean ‘90 (Stephanie Bradley LR ‘83). Grandfather to Amanda (Pickering) Santos ‘09, Lauren Pickering ‘10, Jackie Pickering ‘14, and Danielle Pickering ‘16. Brother of John Rohan '70, James '71 (Cecilia Dumais LR '71) Rohan, and Tom Rohan '73.

Mark E. Stevens '68 passed away on November 24, 2021.

Neda Kolega Beal LR '72, sister of Anna Kolega Colopy LR '76 and Kathy Kolega Parker LR '79, passed away on March 9, 2022. Eric Hughes, father of Tracy Fennell, Attendance Coordinator, and grandfather to Logan N. Holbert '18 and Riley Holbert '15, passed away on March 14, 2022. Raemeka Gant Mayo LR '92 passed away on March 15, 2022. Joseph Ronald "Ronnie" Joyner, beloved friend and BMHS graphic design partner, passed away on March 28, 2022.

Uncle to many nieces and nephews of La Reine and Bishop McNamara. Nancy l. Harvey, mother of Christie (Harvey) Poulin '97 and Dana (Harvey) Weckstein '02, passed away on February 14, 2022.

Bricks for the Memorial Garden are available to purchase and personalize in memory of your loved ones. Additionally, memorial Mass Cards can be purchased from the Advancement Office. The information on these pages reflects news shared with the Advancement Office from November 19, 2021, through June 15, 2022.



Keith Lytle '75 passed away on January 19, 2022. Kevin Ward, father of Norman Todd Moore '25, passed away on January 25, 2022.

Paula Grace (Mitchell) Spilman LR '75 passed away on December 20, 2021.

Edward Gerald Stephens, father of Brenda Stephens, Teacher, Physical Education & Health Department Chair, passed away on February 15, 2022. Miana Luckett '05 passed away on February 22, 2022.

Norma Stewart, mother of Stacye Stewart LR ’90, Natasha Stewart LR ’92, and Shelli Stewart ’95, passed away on July 26, 2021. Mike Sullivan, husband of Anne (Acree) LR '75, passed away on November 20, 2021.

Christine M. Barbieri LR '64, sister of Jeanne Dove LR '66, passed away on May 25, 2022.

Leroy "Ronnie" Adams Jr., father of Ronette Meyers, Board member, and grandfather of Nia Meyers '22, passed away on May 18, 2022.

Frank Mammano passed away on June 4, 2022. Father of Rose Ayres LR' 79 (Jeff '79), Joseph '80, Anthony '82, Michael '83, Vincent '84, Angelina Diehlmann LR '85 (current faculty member), Francis '87, Nicholas '89 (Cindy Wyne LR '89) and father-in-law of Sandy Mammano, Director of Donor Relations.

Lucas Kazmier, a former Class of 2022 student, passed away on May 8, 2022.

Ribella Gerwin, mother of Sandra Herndon, Campus Ministry Assistant, and grandmother of Mark Herndon '92 and Lauren Herndon Nour '97, passed away on May 2, 2022.


Augusta Carey, mother of Patricia Carey LR '71, passed away on May 19, 2022.

John “Jack” Conlon, Jr., brother of Janice Conlon LR ‘69, Director of Web Services, Joyce Riggs LR ‘80, uncle to Nicholas J. Ferrante ‘84, Jean Ferrante Burke ‘85, Katherine Cuellar Miller ‘05, and Sarah Cuellar ‘09 passed away on May 12, 2022.

Xavier Jacque Bean, younger brother of Richie Bean ‘06, Donni Bean Gorirossi ‘08, and brother-in-law Joey Gorirossi ‘09, passed away on May 24, 2022.

Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.

Grandfather of Brian Ayres '08 (Rachel Lupold '09), Victoria (Mammano) Salzano '09, Celena (Mammano) Wienand '10, Lisa Ayres '10, Stephanie (Ayres) McKeown '11 (Kevin '12), Mark Ayres '14 (Mary Cavanagh '14), Anthony Diehlmann '14, Jeremy Diehlmann '15, Ryan Diehlmann ‘18, Jared Mammano '20, Tony Mammano, Jr. class of 2023. Brother-in- law of John Rohan '70, James Rohan '71 (Cecilia Dumais LR '71), Tom Rohan '73. Uncle to over 23 other alumni of La Reine and Bishop McNamara.

Helen Marie Winters LR '85 passed away on April 30, 2022.

Jennifer Rae Bailey '03 passed away on May 31, 2022.

Amen Joseph Anthony Zanelotti Jr., father of Judith Nelson LR '88, Science, Engineering, & Robotics Teacher, passed away on April 24, 2022.

Kimberly "Kim" Paquette, sister of Katie Troyer, Bookstore Manager, and grandfather of Logan Troyer '20, passed away on May 3, 2022.

Helen Codori, mother of Dr. Ann Marie Codori LR '72, Nancy Codori LR '76, Margaret Codori LR '77, Michele Codori LR '80, and Jeanne Codori-Hurff LR '82, passed away on June 13, 2022. For more information, please contact Sandy Mammano, Director of Donor Relations, at 301.735.8401 ext. 295.

Carol Marie Perry-Blake, mother of Aliyyah Blake '04 and Hayyiah Blake '05, passed away on May 2, 2022.

Patricia "Patty" Gunde Poole LR '76 passed away on June 10, 2022.







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